This classic text by one of the greatest textual critics offers an extensive introduction to New Testament textual criticism, tailored with the student in mind. Scrivener also includes several lithographed plates to illustrate issues and principles through actual examples from New Testament manuscripts. Volume one covers preliminary matters, an introduction to Greek manuscripts in general, and specific uncial and miniscule manuscripts of each section of the New Testament.
F. H. A. Scrivener (1813–1891) was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and published a variety of works of New Testament scholarship while working as a clergyman and headmaster. In an age when previously unknown manuscript fragments of New Testament texts were being discovered, his skills as a transcriber and collator of these texts were greatly respected. This volume, first published in 1881, is an edition of the Greek text underlying the Revised Version of the New Testament, also published in 1881. It seeks to provide scholars with both a faithful version of the text as it was used by the translators of the Authorised Version (1611), and also extensive notes listing the changes in readings made for the Revised Version, giving the reader a fuller picture of the evolution of the translation. A valuable resource for understanding the version of the Bible used for four centuries in the English-speaking world.